Top Los Angeles Things to do in November

Bai Holiday Ice Rink in Pershing Square

This November, get ready for the Los Angeles Coffee Festival, AFI Fest, Burbank Winter Wine Walk and more. See our list of 20+ top things to do in L.A. this month.

Edited by Alicia Luchak.

 

Ice Presented by the Plaza at Santa Monica 
Opening Nov. 1. This 8,000-square-foot outdoor skating rink in downtown Santa Monica brings holiday spirit to the beach every winter. M-Th 2-10 pm; F 2 pm-midnight; Sa 10 am-midnight; Su 10 am-10 pm. Admission, including skate rental, $15. 1324 Fifth St., Santa Monica, 310.260.1199, downtownsm.com

 

Grand Ave. Arts: All Access 
Nov. 2. During this fifth annual festival, enjoy free family-friendly activities, workshops and tours at world-class cultural venues including the Broad, MOCA and the new Music Center Plaza. 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Free. Visit website for full schedule. grandavearts.org

Grand Ave Arts All Access performance at Grand Park

 

Jesus Christ Superstar
Through Nov. 3. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s iconic musical about the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ is reborn in this 50th anniversary, Olivier Award-winning production. Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770 Tickets

 

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Nov. 5-24. This biographical jukebox musical shows how Donna Summer broke barriers on her way to becoming a dance-floor diva and features over 20 of the singer’s hits, including “Love to Love You Baby” and “Hot Stuff.” Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770 Tickets

 

The Great Leap
Opening Nov. 6. Tony winner and actor BD Wong directs this new drama about the conflict that arises when an American basketball team travels to Beijing for an exhibition game. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, 626.356.7529 Tickets

 

Key Largo
Opening Nov. 6. Academy Award nominee Andy Garcia stars in the world premiere of this adaptation of Maxwell Anderson’s Broadway hit and the subsequent Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall-starring noir film. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A., 310.208.5454 Tickets

 

Disney Pixar Coco — A Live-to Film Concert Experience 
Nov. 8-9. Celebrate Día de los Muertos at the Hollywood Bowl, where beloved animated Oscar winner Coco will come to life with the vocal talents of Benjamin Bratt, Eva Longoria, Miguel and others. 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000, Tickets

 

The Los Angeles Coffee Festival
Nov. 8-10. Wake up and smell the coffee at this fest, where you can enjoy interactive demos, food, cocktails, live music, art, film and, of course, unlimited coffee from the likes of Coffee Manufactory and Lamill, all at DTLA’s Magic Box @ the Reef. 1933 S. Broadway, downtown. $27-125. Tickets

 

One of the many colorful photo opportunities at the Dessert Goals sweet festival

Dessert Goals 
Nov. 9-10, 16-17. Satisfy your sweet tooth with pie, ice cream, churros, cookies—and Instagram photo ops galore—at this sugary showcase at Evolve Project L.A. This year’s Tie Dye Tiki-themed festival, presented by Chase Sapphire, is said to be their biggest festival yet. General Admission tickets $15, Extra Sugar Rush tickets $35. Evolve Project, 1921 Blake Ave., Echo Park. dessertgoals.com

 

AFI Fest
Nov. 14-21. Presented by Audi, the American Film Institute’s annual film festival offers world-premiere screenings and events in the heart of Hollywood. Queen & Slim, written by Emmy winner Lena Waithe, opens this year’s fest. See website for schedule. Individual tickets $12-$20; passes $250-$500. TCL Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd.; TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, Hollywood & Highland, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Third Floor; The Hollywood Roosevelt, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 866.234.3378, fest.afi.com

L.A. Comedy Festival 
Nov. 14-24. Featuring funny films and comedy acts, this showcase attracts up-and-comers and established comics alike. Check website for schedule and ticket information. Let Live Theater, 916 N. Formosa Ave., L.A., lafilmfestivals.com

 

The Bai Holiday Ice Rink at Pershing Square 
Opening Nov. 14. Skate among the skyscrapers at this ice-skating rink, which materializes every holiday season at Pershing Square. It’s kicking off its 22nd season with a festive series of free community and special events. See website for full schedule of programming, hours, skate-session schedule and prices. 532 S. Olive St., downtown, holidayicerinkdowntownla.com

 

L.A. Dance Project 
Nov. 14-24. Since bowing in 2012, L.A. Dance Project has graced venues around the world. But this fall, the contemporary dance company is saluting its roots and creative collaborators with L.A. Dances, a six-week festival comprising 10 L.A. premieres (six of them are world premieres) of dance works presented at its downtown performance/ rehearsal space. During Program C, audiences can catch five, including two dances by celebrated LADP artistic director Benjamin Millepied. ladanceproject.org

LA Dance Project is returning with a six-week festival

Burbank Winter Wine Walk 
Nov. 16. Burbank kicks off the holiday season with a free Holiday Street Fair featuring vendors, live entertainment, holiday lighting and snowfall from 6:45-8 pm. The Winter Wine Walk offers samples from a roster of world-class wineries and breweries. Holiday Street Fair noon-8 pm; all ages, free. Winter Wine Walk 4-7 pm; 21+, tickets $50, Santa’s VIP Holiday Lounge $99. 301 N. San Fernando Blvd., Burbank, burbankwinterwinewalk.com

 

Running Universal Featuring Jurassic World 
Nov. 16-17. 
Sprint your way through Universal Studios Hollywood and its historic backlot in a 5K or 10K race (kids can get in on the fun with a 1K Raptor Run), then experience the thrilling new Jurassic World—The Ride. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.622.3801 universalstudioshollywood.com

 

August Wilson’s Jitney
Opening Nov. 22. The final play in two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s masterful The American Century Cycle to be seen on Broadway, Jitney follows a group of Pittsburgh men trying to make a living by driving unlicensed cabs, or jitneys. This acclaimed production won the 2017 Tony for best revival of a play. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Tickets

 

Renegade Craft Fair 
Nov. 23-24. 
Get a head start on holiday shopping at this free pop-up market at Los Angeles State Historic Park, where you’ll find giftable goods from over 300 makers. Food trucks, seasonal cocktails, vinyl DJ sets and workshops are also on offer. 11 am-5 pm. Free. Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St., downtown, renegadecraft.com

 

Mike Birbiglia in The New One

The New One
Nov. 24. 
Comedian Mike Birbiglia (Sleepwalk With Me) takes the stage at the Ahmanson to tell a new story in a new way—and Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Mulaney are already raving about it. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Tickets

 

Turkey Trot Los Angeles
Nov. 28. 
Spend Thanksgiving morning in downtown L.A., taking in a scenic 5K or 10K route through the area’s historic streets. The race starts and finishes at City Hall and takes runners past Grand Park and Walt Disney Concert Hall. There is also a Widdle Wobble 1K for kids. Proceeds benefit charity the Midnight Mission. 5K 8 am; 10K 9 am; Widdle Wobble 10:15 am. $24-$67. 200 N. Spring St., downtown, 310.821.7898, turkeytrot.la

 

Queen Mary Christmas
Starts Nov. 29. Enjoy the holiday spirit aboard Queen Mary as it transforms into an epic adventure-filled wonderland. Highlights include live entertainment, festive libations, strolling performers, sweet treats, light shows, gingerbread and stocking decorating, ice-skating, and shopping. Don’t miss the meet-and-greet with Ol’ Saint Nick in his Captain’s Quarters. See website for schedule and ticket prices. $20 on-site parking. Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 800.437.2934. queenmary.com

 

The Thanksgiving Play 
All month. 
See Thanksgiving in a new light after watching Larissa FastHorse’s satire at the Geffen, which follows three “woke” white thespians as they struggle to plan a politically correct elementary school pageant for the holiday. Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A., 310.208.5454 Tickets

 

Photos: Bai Holiday Ice Rink courtesy Red Apple Photography. Grand Ave Arts All Access by Javier Guillen. Dessert Goals credit Sarah Winona. LA Dance Project credit Benjamin Millepied. The New One credit Joan Marcus. 

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